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Sheri Shaneyfelt

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Sheri Shaneyfelt is an art historian of the Italian Renaissance and Principal Senior Lecturer in Renaissance art at Vanderbilt University, where she is also Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies for the History of Art and Architecture department and Director of Vanderbilt’s Master’s program in Liberal Arts and Science. A triple-award-winning lecturer, she also teaches courses in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art at Vanderbilt. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington, with an M.A. from Vanderbilt, both in the History of Art, and an undergraduate B.S. in Biology from Centre College. Professor Shaneyfelt specializes in Central Italian art, particularly that of Umbria and Tuscany. She lived and worked in Italy for long periods of time teaching for study-abroad programs in Perugia and Florence. Her research has been published in top art-historical journals and in her book Renaissance Painting in Perugia: Perugino, Raphael, and their Circles (Cambridge, 2023). A seasoned Smithsonian Journeys expert, she has extensive experience in and loves leading groups and lecturing on site, and emphasizes the role of art and architecture in context. 

What Our Travelers Say

Sheri was well versed, articulate and made the sights more enjoyable.

- Nancy F., Italy's Lake District: A Stay in Stresa

Sheri was an excellent lecturer and a great addition to the program. She was always very accessible and readily answered question.

- John W., Palermo and Taormina: A One Week Stay in Sicily

Upcoming Tours

Italy’s Apulia: A One-Week Stay in Polignano a Mare

9 days | Starting at: $4,690
Oct 2, 2024 - Oct 10, 2024
Oct 15, 2025 - Oct 23, 2025
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A Stay in Holland: An Art History Journey from Vermeer to Van Gogh

9 days | Starting at: $5,240
Apr 29, 2025 - May 7, 2025
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Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $6,474
May 13, 2025 - May 28, 2025
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